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bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the memos earlier this month after a senate uproar amid the conformation hearings for cia nominee john brennan. but the new york times reports the administration has adopted a strategy of continuing to de
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laws. in fact, the u.s. attorney's office for the northern district of illinois, only 25 federal firearms cases were brought to that office in 2011. only 1% of the people, 62 out of over 4000 were denied guns based on background checks are prosecuted for illegally attempting to acquire firearms. that is too low of a rate. see what can be done by enforcing the law on the books before enforcing new ones. we will legislate in an area that deals with the issue of reporting to the database for the people who are not in there now. make sure that we deal with the mental health issues that are involved with the tragedies that we are talking about today and a lot of other tragedies that have happened. thank you. >> thank you, senator. will the witnesses please stand? affirm the oath as i complete the reading. do you affirm that the testimony you are about to give before the committee will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god? >> i do. >> thank you. i will introduce the two witnesses from this panel. the first is john walsh, u.s. attorney. he has served
in maryland or virginia. 270, travel lanes are open. a quiet trip. in frederick there is a closure of u.s. route 40 south of 70. this is near langdon road. there was a crash involving a pickup truck and a car. that is south of interstate 70 on u.s. 340. a good ride on 95. 395, no problems. back to you. >> thank you. we want to update you on a story we brought you yesterday that is continuing to unsold regarding billing pixar oscar pistorius -- th olympie olympics star oscar pistorius. qusseir jummy olabanji. >> we are told that when the judge read the murder charge officially out loud, oscar put his hhead in his hands and began sobbing. his family is there supporting him. and some family members and friends of the victim, 30-year- old reeva steenkamp, a model, his girlfriend. she was shot and killed yesterday in his home. he is charged with her murder. more than 100 people are in the courtroom seats right now including dozens of reporters photographers, and camera people, in south africa. we are expected to get more information with the next hour or so. as soon as we do, we will pass it a
a confidential 16-page memo that justifies the targeting killing of u.s. citizens abroad suspected of being terrorists. this decision to release the document came hours before brennan was to face a serious grilling by lawmakers outraged over the program. the biggest critic, democratic senator ron wyden who says the president has been stonewalling congress for years and suggested blocking brennan's nomination. president obama called wyden specifically last night. >> clearly, the president's call to senator wyden so unusual and trying to ward off what could be a calamitous hearing today. >> what standard will barack obama be held to after the pictures of the little children who were killed by his cone drone attacks are placed before the jury in the hague? >> i was encouraged last night when the president called and he said as part of this effort, he is going to try to drive a more extensive discussion about these issues. every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. i don't think that, as one person said, that is too much to ask. >> so right no
: this is "the new york times" from february 20th. budget cuts seen as risk to growth in the u.s. economy. the cuts, most likely would reduce growth by 1 1/2 of a percentage point in 2013, according to a range of government and private forecasters. that could be enough though to again slow the arrival of a recovery, producing instead another year of sluggish growth and high unemployment. >> guest: well i guess if you take it from "the new york times" perspective you could make that argument because i think they see already a slowing in growth happening and this makes a convenient fall person for bad public policy been in place under four years of obama administration. we have slowed growth. it has been very stagnant. there are a lot of reasons for it. there are a lot of friction points put in place in our economy that need to be fixed. until we get our confess and the president of the united states to work together and begin to remove those friction points we'll continue have slow growth. if you look at a same slide you had up a moment ago ago, shows the sequester on the right hand of tha
. jennifer, what happened? >> well, with little fanfare, shep, u.s. and nate officials in afghanistan removed from their web site the month-to-month figure saying attacks by the taliban were down by 7% last year. there seemed to be a mistake. a mistake that led to administration officials making statements like this. >> violence levels have been trending downward in the last two years after five years of steady increases beginning in 2006. >> the problem is the attacks weren't trending downward. they were exactly the same as in 2011. an embarrassing admission by the pentagon that the the narrative about how the president's strategy in afghanistan was bearing fruit may have been misleading, shep. >> shepard: they must be making some case at the pentagon in their own defense. >> well, in essence, they blame the afghans. the afghan commanders supposedly forgot to submit their field reports about the attacks so the pentagon data was misleading. >> this is a regrettable error in our database systems that was discovered during a routine quality check. we are making the appropriate ajustments. in sp
. close to 10:00. she wants to know if this goes against some sort of guidelines or protocol. >> the u.s. census bureau gave us this answer. it surveys americans even during years when there's not a door to door census. representatives for the census are trained to contact respondent when they're most likely to be home which does include evenings and weekends. all of the training doesn't specifically instruct the reps not to call or visit after 9:00 p.m. the telephone centers outbound call system does prevent them from calling respondent after 9:00 unless the respondent specifically requests a call after that time. consumers have a question about the census, they are encouraged to call in 800-354-7271. so basically, they're not supposed to, but they can. if you have questions to consider for ask liz, put it to ask lis@nbcwashington.com. connect with me on twitter. on facebook searching liz crenshaw's consumer watch. coming up at 5:00, what happened to the pre-printed gear made for the team that loses the super bowl. where can you recycle an old vacuum cleaner and what happens behind the
chevy malibu, the cheaper.g and the latest in a possible between u.s. airways and american. the to see you this morning, a.nd >> they are talking a lot about u.s. air-american merger for quite some time. they tell us here at the number that they are inching closer to form the world's biggest carrier. something could be hammered out week. do keep in mind that the deal be -- could still apart. in the meantime, allied financial is gearing up to repay the garment all of its bailout money. this year, -- the government all of its bailout money. speaking of autos, say you are for a new car. general motors is lowering the chevy malibu. the average price was cut by about $450. this is all part of an effort for the malibu to compete with better-selling mid-sized sedans like the toyota camry. more coming up in the next hour. live at blumberg had in quarters in new york. >> that is quite a distinction. thank you so much. it is 4:37 right now. it is 36 degrees. >> a huge reward has now been offered for information leading est and conviction of a former lapd officer wanted for murder. testill have t
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. martha: you are the seth mcfa martha: "happening now" starts right now. jon: brand-new stories and breaking news. jenna: four days ago in washington's fight to avoid steep budget cuts u. may feel it in a big way on your next trip to the airport. more on the olympic icon charged with premeditated murder. we have the latest on the "blade runner" charged with killing his girlfriend. a second serving of severe winter weather. it's all happening now. countdown to the sequester showdown. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. and i just floated this idea to our audience. you know the jaws music from the academy awards? every time we say sequester this week i'm wondering if it should come up. jon: a little audio cue. jenna: both because it's a little ridiculous and also because everyone is making it so dramatic. jon: i'm i'm jon scott. four days until the cuts kick in. democrats holding a news conference now with the air travel association on how sequestration will affect air travelers, but they are not the only ones. the white house sa
. >> and a quiet town has a rowdy postal service. u.s. mail truck driver traffic violations as they speed through town. this government agency says it doesn't have to pay for breaking the law. why is that? >> i am harris falkner. an american hero who struck fear in the hearts of our enemies. gunned down thousands of miles away from the battlefield allegedly by a federllow soldiee was trying to help. he was fate logically shot alon another man at a texas gun range. a suspect a former marine turned his weapon on the other men. tonight we are learning more about that man the suspect 25-year-old eddy ray ruth a veteran who reportedly suffers from post traumatic stress disorder now facing multiple murder charges. we have been following the story. what do we know? >> chris kyle this american hero known as the u.s. mill tear remost lethal sniper and another man were both creeked at the rubbing creek lodge roughly 60 miles southwest of fort worth texas yesterday. texas authorities believe eddy ray ruth of lancaster shot kyle and his close friend chad little field shortly in the afternoon. he was a corpor
seek to narrow it like when we persuade ad court to drastically limit a u.s. government request for two months of user search queries. now, keep in mind, google owns an awful lot of properties. not only is there google but gmail, youtube, picasso, online photo sharing site. feed burner, a management tool for bloggers or orkit. a networking site popular in india and brazil and android smartphone operating system. this new legal issue how much access the government should have to internet communications is subject of a conference featuring legal scholars, civil libertarians and google representatives is starting at 1230 in washington. we'll keep an eye on that. if you don't want the government to poke around your online history. delete your history. it doesn't entirely stop the access of it but limits the duration they can examine it. jon, back to you. jon: brave new world we're getting into. doug mckelway, thank you. jenna: don't why when you buy. that is the national campaign when purchasing firearms. statistics show buyers are not always completely honest. many are suspected of giving
disaster. >> and a quiet town has a rowdy postal service. u.s. mail truck driver traffic violations as they speed through town. this government agency says it doesn't have to pay for breaking the law. why is that? >> i am harris falkner. an american hero who struck fear in the hearts of our enemies. gunned down thousands of miles away from the battlefield allegedly by a federllow soldiee was trying to help. he was fate logically shot alon another man at a texas gun range. a suspect a former marine turned his weapon on the other men. tonight we are learning more about that man the suspect 25-year-old eddy ray ruth a veteran who reportedly suffers from post traumatic stress disorder now facing multiple murder charges. we have been following the story. what do we know? >> chris kyle this american hero known as the u.s. mill tear remost lethal sniper and another man were both creeked at the rubbing creek lodge roughly 60 miles southwest of fort worth texas yesterday. texas authorities believe eddy ray ruth of lancaster shot kyle and his close friend chad little field shortly in the afte
this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as u.s. terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. in his hearing, brennan strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from questionable interrogation tactics used on terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, on drone attacks and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and asked what if the cia takes out the wrong person. >> we've got to see, any and all, of those legal opinions, the ones that the bipartisan group of senators asked for before the vote. >> would that individual please -- >> reporter
of the proudest times in my years in the u.s. senate is when a former vietnam friend spent a little time. . i was proud of the g.i. bill because we were able to get to world war ii veterans, jim webb and chuck hagel, we got together and we got the boat and passed the bill. that is the way things should work or this country. the objective was not to get jim webb or chuck hagel any credit. the inductive was to do something for the country, -- the objective was to do something for the country on the do something for the people. this kind of attention, this kind of recognition -- much of my life has been about doing everything i can in some way to help veterans and their families, whether it was a program or whatever it was. i'm proud of that. i'm more proud of that than anything else i have been involved in. i'm proud of my background and my career, like all of you are. nothing makes me prouder or has ever made me prouder. to each of you in this room, as of you who are watching this around the world, i say to you, thank you. thank you to you for your service and sacrifices. i will do everything
. >> reporter: the headline could be the obama announcement that he will bring home 34,000 u.s. forces from afghanistan. but he will warn that the military could be hurt by spending cuts march 1. the sequester. outside of the capitol, union members protested the automatic cuts that would also hit social services. preventing sequester cuts requires a deal on taxes and spending that the president has called for in previous state of the union speeches. there is no agreement. >> we have a spending debt crisis, not a revenue debt crisis. got to make the right diagnosis. >> reporter: obama prescription is to spend more to put americans back to work and pay for that by higher tax owes the wealthy. liberal agenda he laid out at his naug rl and angering republican. >>ing things that -- position him on the far left of the political spectrum is not a operate way to achieve accomplishments out of divided government. >> reporter: the president will push measures to stop gun violence like the shooting death of 15-year-old pendleton in january in chicago. >> her murder is heartbreak iin >> you guys signed
. syrian rebels do not want to go to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will face to getting rid of the assad reg seem russia. will he meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. a visiting tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie? >> andrea mitchell traveling with the secretary in london this morning. thank you. >>> more legal trouble for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 auto accident. meanwhile, pistorius awaits his trial for the murder of reeva steenkamp. >>> cuban president raul castro began what he says will be his f
of the country's biggest airlines are on the brink of merging this morning. american and u.s. airways. what that tie-up means for everyone who flies. >> yeah. look at the miles. >>> we do have other big news to share with you. are you all ready for this? it's our biggest mega "deals & steals" ever. all for you. a very big crowd. there it is. the first of many sirens here today. that, indicating, a flash deal. flash deal. >>> let's get right to the huge winter storm on track for the northeast. it's a combination of two systems coming out of the midwest and the south. am i doing good, sam? >> you're going well. >> that's better grammar. it will be packing a lot of snow. and a lot of people want to know how much. >> let's show you what it looks like in wisconsin. this was the northern line that amy was describing. this is light snow and ice covering the roads. this storm, when it gets to the northeast, will be much worse than you're see right now. it's two storm systems combining. already, the weather watches and warnings are out right now. it's 12 hours away from big snow. we will get big sno
of the conclave. roger mahony was strip of his duties last month at the largest catholic in the u.s. that was after documents show mahoney and other search officials hid accusations against child-molesting priests. >> mahoney is the flavor of the month. this case is very recent. but there may be others who also had some problems with the administration of sexual abuse cases in their diocese. >> the papal conclave is expected to meet sometime in march. 117 cardinals will have to agree on a two-thirds majority to elect the new pope. yesterday, mahoney posted a tweet indicating he will take part in the conclave. >>> and we're hearing that an american cardinal is considered one of the possible candidates for the new pope. shawn o'malley has been mentioned frequently in the italian press. there's never been an american pope. in fact, they've all been european. this time around, cardinals from africa and south are also being talked about -- south america are also being talked about as candidates. >>> jesse jackson, junior and his wife are expected to plead guilty to misusing campaigns. pr
as the u.s. military's most lethal sniper and another man both killed at the rough creek lodge roughly 50 miles southwest of fort worth texas, yesterday. texas authorities believe eddie ray ruth of lancaster shot kyle and his close friend chad little field shortly after 3:00 in the afternoon fleeing the lodge area in kyle's stolen pickup truck. he was a dedicated corporal in the marines who had been deployed in iraq in 2007 and served in haiti in 2010. currently listed on reserve duty. a motive for the shooting remains unclear. but ruth apparently suffered from ptsd. according to friends, kyle may have taken him to the range in an effort to help him cope and ruth turned on the two men, shooting them at close range. after the murders, texas authorities say ruth drove to his sister's house and told her and her husband what happened at the gun range. they called law enforcement who went to ruth's home to make an arrest. ruth fled but caught after a short pursuit and automatic handgun recovered at his home. >> harris: kyle, a true american patriot had appeared on fox news not long ago. >> exa
under oath to the u.s. anti-doping agency, but today armstrong said forget it. armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs while winning the tour de france seven times.th he said he's willing to participate in an international effort to clean up cycling, but he won't cooperate with the u.s. agency. what are martian rocks made of? wh a nasa rover collects its first sample, when we come back. . w
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works of fiction, the claim states. u.s. doping authorities have given armstrong a two-week window to come in and talk to them. we'll see. on the possible upside for armstrong, the hope that cooperating with authorities now will somehow give him a break and help out with some of his other, many, legal problems. george? >> good work breaking that investigation news. >>> we're going to turn, now, to washington, where america's secret drone war will be in the spotlight today, when john brennan, president obama's pick to be cia director, testifies at his senate confirmation hearing. to smooth his path, the white house agreed overnight to give lawmakers a secret legal memo that lays out the rules for using drones. jon karl joins us with some of that. this is something the white house resisted for some time. >> reporter: as of yesterday afternoon, the white house actually refused to even acknowledge that this memo existed. but late last night, the president made the call to release the memo on a classified basis to the intelligence committee. this is after one prominent democratic senato
. >> whew. meredith: important cities is your next category. what u.s. state has the most populous capital? arizona, massachusetts, texas, georgia? >> i am struggling on this one. i'm going back and forth between a couple answers. whew. oh, man. i'm trying to remember state capitals now, and i'm drawing a blank up here. uh...i think i'm gonna ask the audience on this one. meredith: no problem. audience, mathew needs your help. on your keypads, vote now. 40% say georgia, massachusetts with 28, texas 22. i don't know. what were you--you said you were kind of torn. >> i was going back and forth between...between massachusetts and georgia. i think i need to skip it. i need to stay in the game. i think i need to skip the question. i'm gonna jump. meredith: we're gonna jump this question. it is out of play. let's see if georgia was the right answer. it was not. it was arizona. phoenix, arizona. >> wow. meredith: wow. >> wow. meredith: pretty much stumped everybody here. it's a good thing that you did jump it. >> yeah. meredith: let's hope you didn't jump a lot of money, but jump over a lot of mo
armstrong has decided not to participate in a tell-all interview with the u.s. anti-doping agency. edward lawrence reports that probably means the end of armstrong's career. >> reporter: lance armstrong's lifetime ban from sports will remain in place now that the disgraced cyclist has refuse add way out. the u.s. anti-doping agency or usada gave armstrong until wednesday to talk about it. after two months with the agency armstrong issue add statement on deadline day. he said his client will not participate in usada's efforts to selectively. that demonlize individuals. for more than a decade armstrong strongly denied using performance-enhancing drugs as he racked up world titles including seven tour de france yellow jerseys, but they found evidence that he had doped last year that stripped him of his victories. armstrong himself finally came clean with oprah winfrey. travis tygart said he believed he was going to cooperate but last month he told scott pelley on 60 minutes that such could expose him to civil and criminal charges. >> there's a five-year statute on a
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. >> and on this day in 1918, the u.s. military relaunched a war time tradition. publishing the newsletter stars and stripes for service members overseas. officials had first printed stars and stripes for union forces during the civil war. the first world war i edition of that paper featured a message from u.s. commander john per pershing. including much what you have would find. latest headlines, lead letters to the editor and of course the car tunes. printing resumed after world war ii and the pentagon has published it regularly ever since on paper and online. our soldiers got the news 95 years ago today. and now you know the news for this friday, snow apocalypse friday february the 8th, 2013. we are keeping close watch on two stories. the hunt for the cop killer on the west coast, the snow apocalypse on the east coast. we are here for you throughout the night. >> bill: the o'reilly factor is on. tonight: >> i believe i heard you saying. >> yes i, did. >> did you say [bleep] me? >> bill: reacting to gross disrespect angry florida judge sentenced 18-year-old to 30 days in jail for cursing him.
pink inside the senate intelligence committee today. brennan has been at the center of the successful u.s. mission that both killed osama bin laden as well as the drone strike which took out anwar al awki and brennan said significant threat still remain in the united states as well as the chief bombmaker for al- qaeda whose attempt failed to blow up an american airliner last year and his crist mayday attempt in 2009. -- christmas day attempt in 2009. >> when mr. al-asiri is brought to work it will be because of the work done in the past number of years by some very brave americans in the cia and some other places. >> despite the protests brennan's nomination is expected to sail through the u.s. senate. if confirmed, he will replace former cia director david petraeus who resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer. >>> what are you reading these days? coming up why d.c. resident are being called some of the best readers -- resident are being called some of the best readers -- residents are being called some of the best readers in the country. 
that is being called retaliation for u.s. drone strikes. it happened on a pakistani military base in the tribal region of south waziristan. the pakistani taliban claims responsibility. they say the attack is revenge for two drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. two militants also died in the atta attack. >>> also new this morning, north korea is renewing threats against the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after neighboring country south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's launch. north korea hassed no said how it will retaliate. u.s. and south korean diplomats claim north korea used bann enn missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is meeting with leaders in germany. earlier this morning, he talked about iran's nuclear ambitions at a security conference in munich. he says there's still room for diplomacy if iran is willing to make a good faith effort. >>> today marks one year since the murder of a transgender w
been canceled to jfk rather and about eight to laguardia. we've already checked in with u.s. airlines and we are hearing that they've canceled a record 2,000 flights between yesterday and today. and they're expecting many more flights to be canceled so certainly it's going to be a very tough day here at the airport for many travelers who are trying to get to the new england area. certainly call ahead. a lot of airlines are making accommodations for you and they're offering folks services where they can cancel the flights and they can actually reschedule at a later date. but certainly it's going to be a tough ride for a lot of folks trying to head to new england. much more coming up in a half hour. back to you. >> thanks delia live at national airport this morning. >>> just an awful story out of annapolis this morning. a woman from annapolis is due in court this morning on charges she murdered her own 2- year-old daughter. investigators are now focusing on a trash facility in anne arundel county with hopes of finding kassidey booth's booth. police say chelsea booth smothered the toddle
to that region. >>> but first, let's get to that blast at the u.s. embassy in ankara. let's start with pierre. one of the most heavily fortified embassies in the middle east. it happened in the middle of the day. >> reporter: the situation is veried fluid. we're trying to get more details. a blast at the gate to the u.s. embassy. the state department is calling this a terrorist attack. the associated press is reporting that the u.s. ambassador has told reporters there that a guard at the gate was killed. at least one turkish citizen has wounded. they're calling it a suicide bombing. rescue personnel are at the scene. u.s. officials here in washington are pressing to get more information. pierre homegrown islamic terrorists have exploded bombs in istanbul before. any claims of responsibility on this attack? >> reporter: no details on who might have done this. intelligence officials are trying to get to the bottom of this. >>> let's bring in jon karl with the white house reaction to the embassy explosion. jon, in the wake of the benghazi, libya, attack, lot of focus on security. >> reporter: no
five times by protestors. brennan says the drones are only used on planned attacks against the u.s. against citizens. >> i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. we want to detain them to solicit the intelligence from them so we can disrupt follow on attacks. >> the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee, dianne feinstein says she wants to open more of the hearings to the public. >>> today president obama honors leon panetta. the tribute will take place at joint base meyer henderson. in the meantime, panetta made news yesterday when he said for the first time the pentagon backed the idea of giving arms to rebels in syria. it's been reported hillary clinton and former cia director petraeus asked the white house for permission to arm the syrian rebels but were denied. >>> to d.c. politics now, the city's ethics board says it will not pursue evidence i found against council member jim graham. the board says further action cannot be taken because the incident happened before the ethics board was created. however, a federal grand jury is investigating
.m. eastern. we're waiting for the u.s. house to gavel back in. they should be in shortly to resume debate, to vote on the rule for the re-authorization, the violence against women act. the house will be coming in momentarily. we will have live coverage when they do. elsewhere on capitol hill today, the senate judiciary committee held a hearing looking at proposed legislation in the senate on gun violence. here's part of that hearing from this morning. we cannot allow the carnage that i described to continue without taking action on what is a serious matter of public policy. and that's why i have joined with many of my colleagues, some on this committee, senator schumer, durbin, whitehouse, klobuchar, franken, blumenthal and hirono as well as many others off the committee to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. as the members of this committee know, we enacted a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines which i authored in the senate and senator schumer sponsored in the house in 1994. unfo
for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. the shift follows mounting demands to see the memos from members of congress. >> they should produce this legal document. i don't think they should hold back anymore. >> i'm going to pull out all the stops to get the actual legal analysis, because without it, in effect, the administration is practicing secret law. >> the move comes two days after nbc news reported on this confidential 16-page justice department white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected al qaeda leaders, such as american born anwar al. the white house called such targeted kling a lawful act of self-defense and concluded they did not require the target was plotting a specific attack in the immediate future. the contents of the memo drew sharp criticism from some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> civil liberties advocates say the white house move is not enough. >> it's a memo that really ought to be r
this, terrorists have put together a list of ways to avoid becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind t
in the 20th century, the u.s. was at war virtually every decade of the 20th century, so if we think of ourselves as peaceful country that does not engage in war, we need to rethink that. >> that is right. david, i want to ask this question, because where we were before and boots on the ground, the sense of the collective experience of war was quite different. we were looking at the numbers of military troops versus civilian americans not engaged and it is less than 1% of the u.s. population that is doing the fighting, and now with technology and drones, it, part of it why perpetual war seems possible because there is little cost to the vast majority of us. >> well, if we had a universal draft and in 1994 two-thirds of the class of princeton was drafted. that is a huge check on the politicians, and the policies that we are are following with drones are infuriating people because other people get killed and innocent people killed along the way, which raises in your question that you are raising future conflicts, and the anger that, imagine if somebody was using a drone here and killed
and will college fund raising a survey. the report found roughly that 3500 u.s. colleges and universities raise the $31 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. that is 2.3% more than what was raised in 2011. >> whenever the bay area has inclement weather, car crashes are more common. but the highway patrol does what it can to prevent them from happening. stanley roberts shows us some of those zero drivers. >> you were born over 78 mi. and when it is raining it will take you a little bit longer to stop. >> basically the chp was trying to slow people down from crashing. but even after the rain stopped the rose were still slick. this driver in this pre s was clocked at a high rate. >> i have you clocked in at about 80 mi. per hour so i i am going to give you a ticket for 75 mi.. >> this lets the driver was a repeat offender and he was told last time not to do this. >> to be honestly, i do not lighten but splashing on my truck. >> if you're tired in this case is sticking out a little bit and it is too high. you will put water and rocks on other cars. >> it was he giving a ticket because he did not
. that instability sent oil prices plunging this morning. >>> and the white house stepping up u.s. involvement in syria's bloody civil war. secretary of state john kerry has promised the rebels trying to overthrow bashar al assad that support from the u.s. is coming. though he didn't elaborate further. he did persuade rebel leaders to attend a conference in rome this week. "the new york times" reports that saudi arabia is already shipping weapons to the rebels, something president obama has refused to do in the past. >>> and next time you're tempted to illegally download music or movies online, you could be in store for a rather rude awakening. beginning this week, the top internet providers will be tracking illegal downloads as part of the new copyright alert system, organized by the entertainment industry. you will get six warnings to stop. and then the real punishment kicks in. your service provider will temporarily slow your connection to a crawl. >>> have you seen first lady michelle obama's wardrobe change from the oscars? we saw mrs. obama in her sleeveless silver gown, looking lovely,
test under kim jong-un, who said the test is aimed at ferocious u.s. hostility towards north korea. in december, also successfully tested a long-range missile, capable of reaching hawaii. the white house is calling this a highly provocative act. and calling on actions from the international community. there's very little the u.s. or the u.n. can do at this point since strong sanctions are already in place. in fact, this morning, north korea is saying, we will consider search of our ships and other sanctions by the international community as an act of war. and, josh, they say it will bring on relentless retaliatory attacks. >> we will certainly keep our eye on this. martha, thank you for that. >>> meanwhile, there's word this morning of a new poll out, planned for the u.s. forces in afghanistan. the pentagon is reportedly pushing a timetable that would keep some 8,000 troops in the country after the mission officially ends next year. white house advisers have pushed for a more aggressive withdrawal. the president is expected to announce a final decision soon. >>> an outpouring of su
, as they get ready to head into negotiations over the nuclear program with the u.s. and other nations. abc's david muir has just arrived and joins us now from tehran. good morning, david. >> reporter: robin, just to hear your voice, half a world away, enough to make us smile. the whole crew here, behind the camera, welcoming you back, even here in iran. as you mentioned, robin, it's a critical moment here. we're inside this country because u.s. sanctions against this economy have crippled the economy here. and just days away, now, from iran returning to the negotiating table over its nuclear program. as you point out, in a rare move, they've allowed us in to report from the streets of tehran. this is a tenuous time here, just days before iran returns to the nuclear negotiating table with the u.s. and others, since talks collapsed eight months ago. this morning, as we drove through this city of 12 million, it is a city squeezed, not only by the traffic, but by the economic sanctions, led by the u.s. some of the cars clogging these streets, tripling in price. it's groceries, medicine, if you
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